Are you ready to make a big impact? The Jewish Education Center of Cleveland is seeking a senior staff member to nurture the growth and development of synagogue educational programs, plus early childhood education and engagement initiatives. While the position has had a curricular focus for over 25 years, the JEC is open to a reconceptualization based on a candidate’s strengths and interests.
• Support the strategic work of the JEC by providing leadership in the agency and community, with a special focus on congregational/part-time programs and early childhood settings.
• Determine gaps or weaknesses in the field, develop and then support initiatives to address them. Past foci included: Hebrew in the pre Bar/Bat Mitzvah years, changing part-time education paradigms, early childhood education and engagement.
• Engage in long-term, intensive building-capacity initiatives in congregations. As pilot programs are evaluated and concluded, share the models and curriculum with other educators locally (via consultations and support) and nationally (via JECCMarketplace.com and other websites).
• Provide consultative support to education directors and teachers (less frequently the latter) in a variety of areas. This is mostly local, but can extend nationally.
• Mentor and coach synagogue educational directors, informally and formally
• Support synagogue and early childhood teachers and directors with appropriate professional learning opportunities.
• Collaborate with other JEC staff members on a variety of projects
• Collaborate with and support Federation, as needed (e.g., early engagement, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Community Relations Council, campaign).
• Staff the Education Directors Network (congregational education directors)
• Supervise and mentor Curriculum Resources Department staff, including teacher resource center and library.
Depending on background and interest:
• Develop curriculum (broadly defined) with and for those in the field
• Continue and grow the Hebrew initiatives in the community and nationally (#OnwardHebrew and Hebrew Through Movement)
• Provide leadership to the early childhood agenda, especially areas needing advocacy and support.
The person currently in this position (Nachama Skolnik Moskowitz) is set to retire at the end of summer 2020. Ideally, there will be an overlapping time period.
The ideal candidate:
• Has a minimum of five years experience as the director of education in a synagogue/part-time setting.
• Works well with educators from all spectrums of Jewish thought and practice.
• Is comfortable working in partnership with (as well as mentoring) synagogue education directors, as well as teaching and coaching teachers.
• Has experience initiating, innovating change processes, and then completing projects with limited oversight.
• Possesses excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
• Is well-organized.
• Has deep content and process experience.
• Ability to work with volunteer leadership, including staffing committees, and professional networks.
• Has attained a Masters degree in Jewish education (or equivalent).
o Enough Hebrew background and interest to support #OnwardHebrew and Hebrew Through Movement.
o Experience supporting early childhood education and/or engagement